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By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | Feb 03, 2004

He was a Jesuit priest and a Democrat. His example led me to think for the first time of becoming a Jesuit and coming to Washington. I was 13. He was instantly my hero. Thirty years later, he still is.

For the identity of the mystery hero, go here. For an alternative assessment of his heroism, go here.

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  • Posted by: - Feb. 04, 2004 5:14 AM ET USA

    I always regarded the Marquis of Pombal as an evil man. He was the force behind the supression of the Jesuits in Portugal and in South America, persuading the Pope to supress them and he did! Anyone remember the film "The Mission"? Perhaps he was right! Maybe a new Marquis of Pombal is needed now.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 03, 2004 9:31 PM ET USA

    MAybe Fr. Maher is still a died in the wool Democrat, may he also reap the prize of the Democrats and lose out on what is truely important in life. peace of mind in saving life. It is beyond my understanding how any priest can allow the culture of death to continue. As far as Fr. Drinan is concerned, I never did understand his thinking, it must be a fault of New England politics.

  • Posted by: Simeon - Feb. 03, 2004 6:02 PM ET USA

    Didn't Clinton study at Georgetown? How long do we have to wait 'till some bishop takes responsibility to require "Catholic" institutions under their jurisdiction to teach the faith or lose their right to be called "Catholic"?

  • Posted by: Deacon Bart - Feb. 03, 2004 11:40 AM ET USA

    Ah, the fruits of disobediance. Fr. was forbidden to hold political office but chose to anyway, he supports a culture of death violating JPII's teachings on this, and he is a Jesuit hero. What happened to the 4th vow? What would the early Jesuit's who vowed obediance to the Holy Father say? Where are the superiors? Teachers are the light of the future-if our lights are this dark, how deep indeed is the darkness. Father forgive them, for they know what they do. God Help us all.

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